EPA Ends $1 Million, Taxpayer-Funded Gym Program

By NTK Staff | 06.19.2017 @3:17pm
EPA Ends $1 Million, Taxpayer-Funded Gym Program

Administrator Scott Pruitt makes good on a promise to end the program after waste was reported at the Las Vegas office.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Monday that it will end its fitness center program, which cost taxpayers roughly $900,000 a year.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had previously vowed to end the program, after the Washington Free Beacon reported the agency was spending $15,000 on gym memberships in Las Vegas, NV.

According to the report, the EPA office in Las Vegas spent $14,799 so that 37 employees could be members of the gym called 24-7 Fitness.

What is worse is that the EPA office in Las Vegas is located on the campus of the University of Las Vegas (UNLV), and employees have access to UNLV’s new, 187,000-square-foot gym.

“We have ended taxpayer-funded fitness centers at EPA; a program that was costing American taxpayers $900,000 per year,” said EPA spokesperson Jahan Wilcox. “Disinvestment in using federal funds for EPA fitness centers will allow the agency to invest this money in core activities to protect the environment.”

This measure is part of Administrator Pruitt’s efforts to cut the EPA’s budget by 31 percent.

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